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As Parents' Share of College Fees Rises, Students' GPAs Fall: Study
Date:1/16/2013

g," which means trying to be adequate in multiple areas rather than attempting to excel in just one.

The good news in the study was that parental financial support boosted a students' odds of graduating within five years. Students who received $12,000 from their parents in the first year of college had a 65.2 percent chance of graduating, compared with 56.4 percent for those who didn't get any money from their parents.

The findings suggest that it is important for parents to provide financial support to children who are in college. However, they need to set standards -- such as a target GPA -- and keep their children accountable for their school performance, Hamilton said.

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The Nemours Foundation offers advice for new college students.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Sociological Review, news release, Jan. 15, 2013


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